Best Motion Picture - DramaFoxcatcher The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of Everything Boyhood Should Win - The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything Will Win - Boyhood Snubbed - American Sniper The biggest missing piece to this category is director Clint Eastwood's American Sniper. The film was brilliantly done. Eastwood is at the top of his directing game (at age 84). I just don't get award season snubs like this one. Anyway, onto the nominees - I loved both The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything. Selma is probably the most important piece of film of 2014, with racial tensions extremely high and the lack of equality in this country astonishing low. It was hard to tell if what I had just seen onscreen happened yesterday, or more than 50 years ago. Foxcatcher, although good, was quite depressing. Boyhood was drab. It really was. But, it will win because of the process in which it was filmed. Over the course of 12 years, director Richard Linklater checked in with "the actors" to tell the story of a young man and his family. It just didn't do it for me. The Imitation Game was brilliant. The Theory of Everything made me cry. American Sniper should have been nominated. Alas, I don't get a real vote.
Best Motion Picture - Musical or ComedyThe Grand Budapest Hotel Into The Woods Pride St. Vincent Birdman Should Win - The Grand Budapest Hotel Will Win - Birdman Snubbed - Begin Again Again, let me start with the snub. From the director who brought us Once, Begin Again was a beautiful piece of musical film making. No, it is not a traditional musical where the actors break out in song; but the actors sing, and sing quite well. And damn it all to hell, Adam Levine's "Lost Stars" is the best non-Taylor-Swift-song to be released in 2014. Okay, now that I have that out of my system... I loved British films this year. The Grand Budapest Hotel and Pride lead the way for my personal wishes and desires in this category. Unfortunately, Birdman will probably win. Why? I have no idea. This is the sort of movie The Hollywood Foreign Press votes for. It was terrible... *sigh* *louder audible sigh*. Into the Woods was a pretty good adaptation of the Broadway show that won Bernadette Peters some fancy awards. They just sang for 30 minutes too long. I watched this film Christmas day with my girlfriend, mom and step-dad (who grew up in Brooklyn and was a longtime Broadway critic). We all felt the same way about Into the Woods: The last 30 minutes felt like 2 hours. The only thing that saved that film for me was James Corden (of Gavin and Stacey fame) and Anna Kendrick. They're adorable and I love them.
DirectorAva DuVernay, Selma David Fincher, Gone Girl Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman Richard Linklater, Boyhood Should Win - Ava DuVernay, Selma Will Win - Richard Linklater, Boyhood Snubbed - Chris Rock, Top Five OR Angelina Jolie, Unbroken OR Clint Eastwood, American Sniper Every year I tell myself I won't get upset over movie award snubs. And every year I get upset. I have no stake in these films. I just think that greatness should be awarded. Sure, we all have different opinions about what is good and what isn't. So, let me just say that all three directors in my snubbed list should have nominations and hopefully they get their chance when the Academy Award nominations are released. This is a pretty cut-and-dry category. I'd like to see Ava DuVernay win. Women are historically snubbed in most areas of the award process. Ava deserves this award for Selma. Richard Linklater will win it only because he filmed a movie for 12 years.
Best Actor - DramaSteve Carell, Foxcatcher Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game David Oyelowo, Selma Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything Jake Gyllenhaal, Nighcrawler Should Win - Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything Will Win - Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything Snubbed - Bradley Cooper, American Sniper OR Robert Downey Jr., The Judge I liked each of the nominated actors' performances. Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of Stephen Hawking was what acting should be. Redmayne became Hawking. It was poignant and beautiful. It was heartbreaking. It will win him some awards. Benedict Cumberbatch is becoming my new favorite actor. Jake Gyllenhaal was good, but not great. I loved David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King. And Steve Carrell was creepy, which in and of itself was some good acting. But Eddie Redmayne was brilliant.
Best Actress - DramaFelicity Jones, The Theory of Everything Julianne Moore, Still Alice Jennifer Aniston, Cake Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl Reese Witherspoon, Wild Should Win - Julianne Moore, Still Alice Will Win - Julianne Moore, Still Alice Snubbed - Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin This category was won as soon as Julianne Moore's performance of a college professor beginning to lose herself in Still Alice played in theaters. Felicity Jones played the part of Mrs. Hawking well. Her performance showed the complexities of loving someone with a critical illness. Jennifer Aniston has tried and succeeded to stay relevant since Friends ended. Rosamund Pike's performance as CRAZY was one of the stand-out performances of the year. And Reese Witherspoon seemed to capture the essence of real-life adventurer, Cheryl Strayed. But it was Julianne Moore battling Alzheimer's disease that hit the hardest.
Best Actor - Musical or ComedyMichael Keaton, Birdman Bill Murray, St. Vincent Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes Should Win - Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel Will Win - Michael Keaton, Birdman Snubbed - James Corden, Into the Woods I know people liked Birdman. I tried to like it, I honestly did. I just couldn't get into it. But, my thoughts don't hold any weight with the HFP, so Michael Keaton will win. I'm glad the Batman of my childhood is finding success. I just wish it was with a better movie. I really enjoyed Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel. And I'm glad they're making a sequel. Bill Murray is still Bill Murray, which makes me happy. I'm not sure why Joaquin Phoenix is still around. He was brilliant in last year's Her. This year he was just Joaquin Phoenix playing Joaquin Phoenix, which shouldn't be award-worthy. Here's the thing about Christoph Waltz: he's good. He's actually really good. I just want him to play something other than the villain.
Best Actress - Musical or ComedyEmily Blunt, Into The Woods Amy Adams, Big Eyes Helen Mirren, The Hundred Foot Journey Julianne Moore, Maps To The Stars Quvenzhane Wallis, Annie Should Win - Julianne Moore, Maps To The Stars Will Win - Amy Adams, Big Eyes Snubbed - Jenny Slate, Obvious Child This category (Musical or Comedy) is actually weaker than its sister category (Drama), which doesn't bode well for the Academy Award nominations. Amy Adams is the same character throughout Big Eyes, even when she resolves to leave her fame-stealing husband. There is no character development. Emily Blunt is good, but her character is killed off 30+ minutes before the movie ends. Helen Mirren is her glorious self and would have been up for the win, had it not been for Julianne Moore's hauntingly sad portrayal of an aging actress abused by her more-famous actor mother. The only reason this performance is nominated in the Musical or Comedy section is because the film Maps To The Stars is a satirical look at the ravages of Hollywood. I'm actually not sure why Quvenzhane Wallis, star of last year's wonderfully acted Beasts of the Southern Wild, is nominated for Annie. The film is a mess and the young starlet can't sing. They should have nominated Jenny Slate, who carried Obvious Child, a movie you didn't hear about this year. Which is a pity, as it was so good.
Best Supporting ActorRobert Duvall, The Judge Ethan Hawke, Boyhood Edward Norton, Birdman Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher J.K. Simmons, Whiplash Should Win - Robert Duvall, The Judge OR J.K. Simmons, Whiplash Will Win - Edward Norton, Birdman Snubbed - Lee Pace, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies OR Adam Levine, Begin Again Look, I still don't know why everyone liked Birdman... And I'm not sure why Edward Norton deserves to win, but he will. And it makes me sad. Robert Duvall played the hell out of his aging judge, who bitterly loves and hates his son, played by Robert Downey Jr. Ethan Hawke is filmed over a 12-year period. Kudos to him. Mark Ruffalo was nomination-worthy as an Olympic wrestler. J.K. Simmons is my other choice for "Should Win." He plays the sort of music teacher that makes kids not want to join band. And yes, my love of The Hobbit means I have to include someone, somewhere in this write-up. Lee Pace delivers as the complex King Thranduil. His wife was murdered. He was forced to give his dead wife's star jewels to Thrór, Kind Under the Mountain/Erebor. He wants the jewels back. And unbeknownst to movie-goers, he gets them back (wait for the Extended Edition blu-ray to come out). Adam Levine should have been nominated for his voice alone.
Best Supporting ActressEmma Stone, Birdman Patricia Arquette, Boyhood Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game Meryl Streep, Into The Woods Should Win - Anyone other than Patricia Arquette Will Win - Patricia Arquette, Boyhood Snubbed - Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer Patricia Arquette will win because she was good in Boyhood. All the other actresses nominated were "better," but I have a feeling that the allure of Boyhood will get her the win. I will say that the reason I went to see Snowpiercer was because of a Stephen King tweet. It told me to go see Snowpiercer. So I did. With my girlfriend. She wasn't thrilled. But there was a shining moment for the movie, and that was the acting of Tilda Swinton as a psychotic government figure aboard a train that never stops.
Best ScreenplayWes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl Richard Linklater, Boyhood Graham Moore, The Imitation Game Should Win - Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel Will Win - Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel Snubbed - The Coen Brothers, Unbroken
Best Foreign FilmForce Majeure Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Ida Leviathan Tangerines Should Win - Leviathan Will Win - Ida Snubbed - Deux Jours, Une Nuit I watched them, without subtitles. So these choices are solely based on who I did the best voice-overs for.
Best Animated FeatureBig Hero 6 Book of Life The Boxtrolls How to Train Your Dragon 2 The Lego Movie Should Win - Big Hero 6 Will Win - The Lego Movie Snubbed - Penguins of Madagascar I didn't like Book of Life or The Boxtrolls. I liked How to Train Your Dragon 2. I loved The Lego Movie. I loved Big Hero 6 even more! The end.
Best Original Song"Big Eyes" (Lana Del Rey) – Big Eyes "Glory" (John Legend and Common) – Selma "Mercy Is" (Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye) – Noah "Opportunity" (Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck) – Annie "Yellow Flicker Beat" (Lorde) – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Should Win - "Glory" (John Legend and Common) – Selma Will Win - "Glory" (John Legend and Common) – Selma Snubbed - "Lost Stars" (Adam Levine) - Begin Again All I have to say is where in the f#@% is Adam Levine's "Lost Stars" from Begin Again?!?
Best Original ScoreAlexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Gone Girl Antonio Sánchez – Birdman Hans Zimmer – Interstellar Should Win - Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything Will Win - Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game Snubbed - Howard Shore - The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies I bought the soundtracks to the following movies on iTunes: The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, and The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
Best Drama SeriesThe Affair Downton Abbey Game of Thrones The Good Wife House of Cards Should Win - Game of Thrones Will Win - House of Cards Snubbed - Derek, The Walking Dead, Sherlock, Penny Dreadful There were a lot of good drama series on TV last year. Only 3 are represented as nominees. I lost interest in The Good Wife after Will Gardner died. The Affair is not my cup of tea. Downton Abbey is still good. Just not great. Although, did you see the video of Lady Edith, Mrs. Patmore, and Mrs. Hughes playing Cards Against Humanity? Game of Thrones should win. I didn't know people were still watching House of Cards, but apparently they are and apparently it was so good that it's the favorite in Vegas to win the category. Any of the snubs should have made the list instead of The Affair. I would love to see some Sherlock love.
Best Comedy SeriesGirls Jane the Virgin Orange is the New Black Silicon Valley Transparent Should Win - Orange is the New Black Will Win - Orange is the New Black Snubbed - Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Last Man Standing There are only 3 funny shows nominated: Orange is the New Black, Silicon Valley, and Transparent. But what the hell HFP??? Where is Brooklyn Nine-Nine? By far the funniest show on TV. Yes, Orange is the New Black is good. Yes, it deserves to win. But so did that ragtag group of detectives from the 99 Precinct in Brooklyn. Maybe I'm just getting old? Maybe I'm turning into my dad? He actually thought that The Office was a waste of airtime... I don't care what anyone says or how they argue: Girls is not funny.
Best Miniseries or TV MovieFargo The Missing The Normal Heart Olive Kitteridge True Detective Should Win - The Missing Will Win - True Detective Snubbed - The Honorable Woman Fargo was entertaining and was mainly carried by Martin Freeman (who seems to be excellent in everything). The Missing was some of the best television this year. True Detective will win because it's the type of show that wins these types of awards. I couldn't watch more than one episode of Olive Kitteridge. And honestly, I feel that TV movies should have their own category. While The Normal Heart was well done, there was more to take in every week with the Miniseries (sans Olive Kitteridge).
Best Actress in a Drama SeriesClaire Danes, Homeland Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Ruth Wilson, The Affair Robin Wright, House of Cards Should Win - Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder Will Win - Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder Snubbed - Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black Claire Danes returned to top form for season 3 of Homeland, but it won't be enough to recover from a poor acting job in Season 2. I loved Julianna Margulies in the first 27 seasons of The Good Wife, but really, how much longer can this show go on for? Ruth Wilson - no. Robin Wright will always be Princess Buttercup to me, so I can't badmouth her performance in House of Cards. Viola Davis keeps getting better and better with each new role. This is a promising outlook on her upcoming projects. And finally, has anyone at the Hollywood Foreign Press actually seen Orphan Black?
Best Actor in a Drama SeriesClive Owen, The Knick Kevin Spacey, House of Cards James Spader, The Blacklist Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan Dominic West, The Affair Should Win - Clive Owen, The Knick Will Win - Clive Owen, The Knick Snubbed - BENEDICT EFFING CUMBERBATCH!!!!, Sherlock Liev Schreiber should not be nominated. Kevin Spacey should not be nominated. Dominic West should not be nominated. James Spader plays the hell out of Red. But Clive Owen's portrayal of fictional Dr. John W. Thackery in a early twentieth century New York hospital - who is addicted to cocaine. But where the hell was Benedict's nomination? Hmm? Hmmm? Still waiting, HFP...
Best Actress in a Comedy SeriesLena Dunham, Girls Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black Should Win - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Will Win - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Snubbed - Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Ok. Lena Dunham - Not funny. Edie Falco - Not funny. Taylor Schilling - Great acting, not comedic. Julia Louis-Dreyfus - NEEDS TO FINALLY WIN, Not funny. Gina Rodriguez - Sort of funny.
Best Actor in a Comedy SeriesDon Cheadle, House of Lies Louis C.K., Louie Ricky Gervais, Derek William H. Macy, Shameless Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent Should Win - Ricky Gervais, Derek Will Win - Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent Snubbed - Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine If you have not seen Ricky Gervais' Derek on Netflix, stop reading this and go and stream the first 2 seasons. They are funny, heartbreaking, touching, inappropriate and everything good about a Gervais-written show. I tried to get through the most recent seasons of the other nominated actors' shows, but I couldn't muster the strength to watch more than a few episodes apiece. Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent is award-worthy, but someone like Andy Samberg, last year's winner, was so much better in the sophomore season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. And he's missing from the nominee list. As is most of the good talent this year.
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV MovieMaggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge Frances O'Connor, The Missing Allison Tolman, Fargo Should Win - tie: Frances O'Connor, The Missing / Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman Will Win - Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge Snubbed - Cicely Tyson - The Trip to Bountiful There were some great performances, but the best performance didn't even get nominated. Please go and watch The Trip to Bountiful for Cicely Tyson's wonderful portrayal of Mrs. Watts.
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV MovieMartin Freeman, Fargo Woody Harrelson, True Detective Matthew McConaughey, True Detective Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo Should Win - tie: Martin Freeman, Fargo / Matthew McConaughey, True Detective Will Win - Matthew McConaughey, True Detective Snubbed - Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock: His Last Vow Bilbo. Matthew McConaughey (Because really...Does he ever play anyone but himself?). And Sherlock Holmes. 'Nuff said.
Best Supporting ActressUzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey Allison Janney, Mom Michelle Monaghan, True Detective Should Win - Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black Will Win - Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show Snubbed - Janet McTeer, The Honorable Woman I'm calling this one for Kathy Bates in American Horror Story: Freak Show only because of the season-long facial hair. I really, really want Crazy Eyes to win, though.
Best Supporting ActorMatt Bomer, The Normal Heart Alan Cumming, The Good Wife Colin Hanks, Fargo Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge Jon Voight, Ray Donovan Should Win - Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart Will Win - Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart Snubbed - Andre Holland, The Knick All you need to know is that everyone did plus work individually, but no one will move you like Matt Bomer in The Normal Heart. If you want to be moved, leave the other 4 performances behind and get ready for feelings. So, how'd I do? Do you think I guessed correctly? Do you think you can beat me? Here's the deal: If you think you can beat me, post in the comments below your predictions for the winners before the show airs on Sunday night. Everyone who beats my score will have their name entered into a hat, and I will personally pay the name drawn from the hat $5. A crumpled $5 bill will be mailed to the selected winner who beats me. Make sure you post your predictions in the comments below. Good luck! Not you. Me. I'm wishing myself good luck! [contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]
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